REO Speedwagonbegan in the fall of 1967 when its founders, Neal Doughty and Allan Gratzer (drummer) began to play cover songs in campus bars. Others who joined the band were Gary Richrath (guitar player and songwriter), and Greg Philbin (bass). Paul Leka was their first producer. The group were and still are a favorite in the mid-western part of the United States. The band plays rock music and has many hit songs. Some of them are Canít Fight This Feeling, Keep On Loving You, Ridiní the Storm Out, Golden Country, Roll With the Changes, and Time For Mr To Fly, and more. They were frequently on the radio stations in the 1970's and early 1980's. They have sold over 40 million copies of their singles and albums.
REOís debut album was, REO Speedwagon, and it was released on the Epic record label in 1971. 157 Riverside Avenue was one of the most popular tracks on the album. The band switched lead vocalists three times during the first three albums.Luttrell left after recording the debut album. Kevin Cronin replaced him and he recorded one album with the group called, R.E.O./T.W.O. in 1972, then left when the group were recording, Ridiní the Storm Out, in 1973. He was missing too many rehearsals and was having disputes with others in the group. Mike Murphy replaced him and they finished Ridiní the Storm Out. Lost In A Dream and This Time We Mean It was recorded with Mike Murphy at the Microphone.
The groupís first live album was released in 1977 and was called, Live: You Get What You Play For. This was the bandís first real commercial success. The album was certified platinum. The band was never satisfied with the producers of the albums so from then on they produced them themselves. Gregg Philbin was replaced with Bruce Hall in 1978. This change took place just in time to record, You Can Tune A Piano But You Canít Tuna Fish. This album spit out the first of many Top 40 hits. The song was called, Roll With the Changes. The next album to follow was the bandís hardest rocking album called Nine Lives and it was recorded in 1979.
Albums released by REO Speedwagon were Live: You Get What You Play For (1977), Arch Allies: Live At Riverport (2000), Live - Plus (2001), Live Plus 3 (2001), A Decade of Rock and Roll 1970 to 1980 (1980), Best Foot Forward (1985), The Hits (1988), Keep On Loving You - Best (1991, Second decade of Rock and Roll 1981 to 1991 (1991), Starbox (1993), Believe In Rock and Roll (1995), Subway In Tokyo (1995), Hi Infidelity- Gold (1995), Only the Strong Survive (1998), Premium best (1998), The Ballads (1999), Extended Versions (2001), Take It On the Run (2001), Simply the Best (2001), Keep On Rolliní (2002), and Essential REO Speedwagon (2004).
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